Bonhams Fine Jewellery Reveals Top 10 Lots of 2018 and 2019 Market Trends

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Bonhams Fine Jewellery reveals its top 10 lots of 2018 sold in its sales in London, Hong Kong and New York this year.  With magnificent emeralds, rubies, diamonds and pink diamonds in pendants, necklaces, bracelets, solitaries leading.

These are as follows:

1. A fine square-cut fancy pink diamond, weighing 5.03  carats. Fancy Pink colour, VS1 clarity, GIA report. Set a new auction world record for a Fancy Pink diamond per carat ($583,551 per carat).  26th September, London.

US$ 2,935,263

£2,228,750

HK$ 21,973,605

2. A magnificent diamond ring, the step-cut diamond, weighing 24.31 carats. D colour, Internally Flawless, Type IIa, GIA report.  5th December, London.                 

US$ 1,947,110

£1,868,750

HK$ 18,424,307


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3. A double-sided cabochon emerald pendant/necklace by Hennell, early 20th Century, weighing 12.13 carats, Colombian, Gubelin report.  25th April, London.

US$1,381,820

£1,328,750

HK$ 13,100,360

4. An Art Deco emerald and diamond necklace/bracelet combination, circa 1930, Colombian, SSEF reports. 25th April, London.                                                                       

US$1,092,894

£1,052,750

HK$ 10,379,231

5. A diamond single-stone ring, the marquise-cut diamond weighing 13.40 carats. D colour, VS2, Type IIa, GIA report. 25th April, London.

US$866,778

£836,750

HK$ 8,249,653


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6.An important diamond ring, the emerald-cut diamond weighing 18.04 carats. G colour, VS2. GIA report. 3rd December, New York.                                                  

US$828,500

£656,678

HK$ 6,474,295

7. A fancy intense blue diamond ring, the marquise-cut diamond weighing 1.45 carats. Fancy Intense Blue colour, VVS1 (potential), GIA report. 25th November, Hong Kong.

US$611,685

£484,828

HK$4,780,000

8. A fancy brown-pink diamond ring, the oval-cut diamond weighing 10.03 carats. Fancy brown-pink, VVS1 clarity, Type IIa, GIA report. 27th May, Hong Kong.      

US$608,613

£482,393

HK$4,756,000

9. A fine ruby and diamond ring, weighing 4.01 carats. 'Pigeon's Blood' red colour, no enhancement, Burma, SSEF/Gubelin/GRS reports. 27th May, Hong Kong.

US$550,260

£436,142

HK$4,300,000


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10. An Art Deco ruby and diamond bracelet, Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1940, Burma, AGL report. 21st September, New York.

US$504,500

£399,872

HK$ 3,942,404

Jean Ghika, Global Director of Jewellery, Bonhams, comments: "The market has remained strong for exceptional pieces of jewellery from famed eras and world class makers. We've also seen excellent prices achieved for emeralds this year and anticipate that they will continue to follow an upward trajectory.   

"Fancy coloured diamonds with intense colour saturations and of a good size also performed extremely well in all our Fine Jewellery sales in New York, London and Hong Kong and continue to be highly desirable to discerning collectors.  And finally, white diamonds, especially those over 10 carats, caught the eyes of global buyers, attracting competitive bidding from buyers around the world. These results combined with increased hammer sales and our market share growing globally concludes another very successful year for Bonhams Fine Jewellery."    


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LOOKING TO 2019

Jean Ghika added: "We anticipate that 2019 is going to be a year of colour with best in class emeralds on the up, rubies retaining their position as the King of Gemstones, and Kashmir sapphires continuing to attract attention.  The meteoric rise of fancy coloured diamonds looks set to continue given the global appetite for prized specimens."

Bonhams sells more jewellery lots each year than any other international house and has more dedicated jewellery auctions annually.                  

Follow Bonhams Fine Jewellery on Instagram on @BonhamsJewels. 

Images provided by Bonhams.

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